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Murder in Covington County
Posted by: J. Ed Smith (ID *****2631) Date: May 10, 2004 at 19:50:03
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William T. Curry, b. May 1833, Pike Co., AL, d. 22-Dec-1901, Covington
Co., AL, buried in Cross-Curry Cemetery @ Ealum Hill.

According to Family tradition, William T. Curry was murdered while
traveling along the old Oaky Streak Road, near the Turkey Creek
crossing, in northern Covington County. The Oaky Streak Road became
CR-23 and, more recently, was designated as Hesters Store Road.

Mr. Curry's home was located about seven miles NNE of Red Level in
Section 8, T6N, R15E. This is adjacent to the Boykin community near
the Butler-Covington county line. Some descendants recall that William
T. Curry was ambushed in his buggy at night by an assailant whose last
name may have been Johnson or Johnston.

I am interested in any of the facts and circumstances surrounding this
crime. Was anyone ever charged with Mr. Curry’s murder? Was there a
trial and what were the results?

Surely there are newspaper accounts of this event. Perhaps there are
some old timers in Covington County who may recall their parents or
grandparents mentioning this event. Any information will be
appreciated.

Also, William T. Curry's widow was Eliza Spears Curry, b. November 1845 in
Alabama. Does anyone know when she died and where she is buried?

Ed Smith
Houston, TX


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